After a late collapse against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, the Boston Bruins were sluggish in the first two periods against the Pittsburgh Penguins who were missing star-forward Sidney Crosby on Monday night.
Luckily for the Bruins, they took their lesson from Saturday with the Habs and applied it to the Crosby-less Penguins by scoring four third period goals to complete a dramatic comeback at CONSOL Energy Center.
Mark Recchi scored the game-winner and third of Boston’s four goals in the final 3 1/2 minutes to complete the comeback. The Penguins are winless (0-2-1) without the NHL leading scorer Crosby, who is out with a concussion, which he suffered in the Winter Classic.
The B’s Zdeno Chara started the rally with a power-play goal at 16:37 and was followed 12 seconds later by Brad Marchand, who helped knot things up at two apiece. After Recchi’s goal on his 200th power-play goal, Gregory Cambell added an empty-netter to help cap off the comeback for a 4-2 victory against Pittsburgh.
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves.
With the win, the Bruins (22-12-7, 51 points) lead the Northeast Division and are third in the playoff standings. The B’s host the Ottawa Senators (16-20-6, 38 points) on Tuesday at the TD Garden.